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When Microsoft first announced its reboot of the Flight Simulator franchise, I was confused. Scenery limited to the islands of Hawaii, planes coming via paid DLC only, and the dreaded Games for Windows Live on top of all of that. While Microsoft seemed to take much of what was great about previous iterations like Flight Simulator X and wall it off with microtransactions and a closed ecosystem to mods and addons, I hunched over my tried and true Flight Simulator 2004, assuring myself Flight was never going to be a […]
Let me get this out of the way first of all: I am not a big fan of visual novels. Rare is the visual novel that can capture my attention and I know many others feel this way too. Katawa Shoujo recently released to much press attention for its touching stories and well-crafted characters, but the question arises as to whether you’re “playing a game” or “reading a story”. This distinction can make the difference between whether someone might want to get into one or not.
When Trine was released roughly two years ago, its mix of physics-based platforming, action and light puzzling felt like a breath of fresh air. Now its sequel, Trine 2, is out and might seem like more of the same. For good or ill, it is far from it. I’ll elaborate.
Bang! is a videogame version of the 2002 card game of the same name. You take on a spaghetti western-inspired role and strategically play your hand in order to eliminate the other players. It is out on multiple platforms, so for the purpose of this review we’ve covered both the iPhone and PC version.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is a follow-up to 2010’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, itself a follow-up to Assassin’s Creed II, and marks the end of Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s trilogy-within-a-trilogy. Does it stay true to the Creed or has age taken its toll on Ezio? Warning: This article contains spoilers for previous Assassin’s Creed games.
I showed The Binding of Isaac to my nine year old brother. Only in passing, as some of the content in there, I wouldn’t want him to see. He said, “Is it like Zelda?” to which I replied, “Well, sort of.”
The latest in this time-attack arcade racing franchise, TrackMania 2: Canyon is a smaller package than its predecessors, focusing on one environment compared to the previous game’s seven. According to TM2, less is actually more.
Just two months prior to its release, Polish developer Flying Wild Hog announced their debut game – Hard Reset. Along with the debut trailer, the developer promised an FPS with old-school sensibilities, designed exclusively for the PC. It sounded like a promising first game for the new studio. Did Flying Wild Hog succeed or fail?
As killing zombies is always more fun with company, Miodrag and Declan have decided to try and survive Dead Horde together and brave the dangers of zombies mutants explosions.
Blocks That Matter is about intrigue, deception and, most of all, love. The power of love towards all things blocky. It is a tribute to games with blocks. And why not? Blocks are great. My first ever gaming experience was smashing a block as Alex Kidd. Only his blocks didn’t matter all that much (poor Alex Kidd). You play as Tetrobot, a robot who can collect blocks of matter and set them four at a time. The blocks are scattered throughout the level, each with their own properties. The sand […]
Following the success of Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, Carpe Fulgur has delivered another game from EasyGameStation, Chantelise – A Tale of Two Sisters.
After all the legal disputes over EDGE’s name, I for one am glad to have the opportunity to play it on the PC now. EDGE has this inherent charm in the sense that whenever you fire it up on Steam, your humorous friends will flood the screen yelling “EDGE” in all caps.
Last year’s Beat Hazard fused the musically-generated ideas of Audiosurf with the gameplay of Geometry Wars. This novel mix entertained, but there was little depth or variety to sustain it. The new Ultra DLC aims to rectify that.
Think back to when you used to play Grand Theft Auto 2 until the wee morning hours: did you, in the midst of the intense bloodshed and reckless sidewalk surfing, ever think to your past self, “Self, this game would transcend to true greatness, if and only if it were set in space, and I were playing as an asteroid instead of a ne’er-do-well”? If that thought has burned ever-bright in the back of your brain for the last 12 years, the moment you have been waiting for is here, […]
Nailing that feeling of satisfaction when you’ve figured out a solution to the task at hand is very difficult. Not all mechanics allow it and not all games offer more than one route from point A to point B. I believe gravity manipulation and physics-based gameplay is one of the greatest things gaming has bothered exploring. When done well, it is logical, intuitive and rewarding. It’s like pulling out that second to last piece of Jenga. This is what Defy Gravity Extended is: an extremely satisfying game. You play as […]